Minister for Foreign Affairs Dr Vivian Balakrishnan made a telephone call to Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, State Counsellor of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, on 2 October 2020.
Minister Balakrishnan and Daw Aung San Suu Kyi reaffirmed the excellent ties between Singapore and Myanmar, and emphasised the vital importance of bilateral and international cooperation to overcome the common challenges brought about by the pandemic. They expressed appreciation for the mutual assistance and support rendered amidst this global health crisis, including to the nationals living in each other’s countries and the facilitation of their return home. They agreed that ASEAN Member States should continue to work closely to strengthen the resilience of supply chains and keep economies open and connected, which would be of critical importance to the post-pandemic economic recovery. They also expressed support for ASEAN to intensify cooperation with external partners on the research, development, production and distribution of vaccines and medicines.
Minister Balakrishnan conveyed the Singapore Government’s additional contribution of 25,000 COVID-19 diagnostic tests, one million surgical masks and 200,000 bottles of hand sanitiser to Myanmar. This will supplement Singapore’s earlier contribution of polymerase chain reaction (PCR) machines, diagnostic tests and other medical supplies to support Myanmar’s efforts to combat COVID-19.
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MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS
2 OCTOBER 2020